Dear Cherry Creek Schools Community,
Today is the seventh day in a row that the district COVID Tracker dashboard has posted a “red zone” rating, indicating that the virus is becoming significantly more widespread in the community. I have said on multiple occasions – and it is stated directly on our dashboard – that we are monitoring the data for a sustained 7-14 day trend.
We are close to reaching a level of concern that would cause us to make a switch from In-Person learning to Remote learning. In my conversations with public health officials, it appears this surge in COVID cases is going to continue to rise in the coming days and weeks. Therefore, I am asking teachers to ensure students take home schoolwork and supplies this week, in the event I make a call to switch to Remote learning.
I will continue to watch the data and may need to make a decision this week. My number one priority is always the health and safety of students, staff, families and community.
If there is a decision to switch to Remote learning, we will communicate all details about the transition as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can read about the Remote learning plan and view the schedule here. Please note, if the district makes a switch to Remote learning, it will not impact the schedule for K-12 Online learning students.
Please continue to follow health safety protocols, such as frequent hand washing, wearing a mask, watching your distance, avoiding large gathering and keeping students home from school if they are sick, or if anyone from the household is experiencing COVID symptoms or awaiting the outcome of a COVID test.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping students and staff safe.
Scott A. Siegfried, Ph.D.